Normally on January 15th, I share the story of my first major surgery after the

Normally on January 15th, I share the story of my first major surgery after the bike accident that shattered my elbow at age 14 because that’s the anniversary date of the surgery.

But I didn’t share it this year. And I hadn’t planned to share it at all. However, there are some other things going on and I feel compelled to share those.

When I had the accident, I went through months of extreme pain and my arm was in a cast from my wrist to about 3 to 4 inches above my elbow.

Once the first cast came off about 6 months after the accident, I started physical therapy and what-not. It became clear pretty quickly that I had extensive nerve damage in my elbow, arm, and hand.

My doctors recommended surgery – an ulnar nerve retransposition, where your ulnar nerve is moved from it’s channel to under the muscles to help protect it – but I didn’t really want to do it.

We went back and forth with the doctors for a while on it, trying cortisone shots, physical therapy, and other remedies to no avail.

Sometime in mid-December, the doctor took my mom aside and told her he highly recommended I have the surgery because he believed if I didn’t, that at some point in the near future – within 5 to 10 years – I would lose mobility and use of my arm.

Obviously, I opted for the surgery. I also had a couple of other surgeries along the way.

The doctor also told my mom that even with the surgery, at some point – likely 20 or so years into the future – I could still very well lose mobility.

Well, here we are 34 years later, and it’s been slowly happening for a while. Over the past 5ish years, I’ve been losing more feeling, more mobility, and have A LOT of pain.

Some days lately the pain is so severe, there isn’t much I can do. Pain medication doesn’t touch it. Sometimes CBD helps with the pain for a while. Heat and massage only helps with pain and mobility for a short time.

I don’t know what my options are at this point. I haven’t been able to go to the doctor for the past year but I’m hoping I’ll be able to do that soon now that things are opening up a bit more again here.

In the meantime, just know that if you don’t see me around here as often as usual, I’m just trying to take care of myself.


6 thoughts on “Normally on January 15th, I share the story of my first major surgery after the”

  1. Awwww, Annie that sucks. Losing use is awful, but pain? Pain is the worst of all. I’m so sorry. I’ll send calming energy. Big hugs, my friend.

  2. Julee Cunningham

    Annie, I so encourage you to get a good orthopedic surgeon to look at it. Sooooo much has changed in that time and the options may be far better. My husband has had something similar and has improved thanks to good care. Meanwhile, pain sucks. Take care of you.

  3. Cassandra Firemark

    I would suggest that you go to the doctor as soon as possible – they may be able to minimize or slow down any additional nerve damage or mobility loss, but once more has happened, it may be impossible to recover.

    Iā€™m dealing with similar issues with my ankle- I had fewer surgeries, thankfully, but Iā€™m now having lots of tendon issues and I wonder if I will be able to walk in a few years.

    Big hugs. šŸ’•

  4. Jormarie Gonzalez

    I would be praying for your health and well-being dear. āœØšŸ™āœØšŸ’œāœŒšŸ½šŸ‡µšŸ‡·šŸ˜˜

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